The Office of the President, in collaboration with NGC Bocas Lit Fest launched Children’s Storytime at The President’s House on Wednesday.

The brainchild of Her Excellency Christine Carla Kangaloo ORTT, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Children’s Storytime at The President’s House brings children from primary schools across the country to The President’s House to enjoy being read to by authors and professional story tellers as well as Their Excellencies.

The primary schools attending the first edition of Storytime at The President’s House were Barataria Anglican, Laventille Girls Government, Nelson Street Boys RC, Rosary Boys RC and St. Roses Girls RC.

On this occasion, Her Excellency opened the session by reading an excerpt from a book entitled Caribbean Sunshine for Mammie’s Children by Eva David-Swain.

Author Phillip Simon read from his book Petra and The Pan Man’s Daughter, accompanied by Jennai Taitt-Rawlins and Naomi Thomas of the NGC Couva Joylanders Steel Orchestra. Author Mary Cuffy also read from her book Road Trip Adventurers with Lola and Dawson.

The children, ranging in ages from 5 to 12, showed they had been listening keenly as they then answered questions on the stories read to them and won prizes from the President as well as from NGC, title sponsor of the Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Storytelling Caravan.

Children’s Storytime at The President’s House will continue when the new school term opens in September.